Oh, Hello 2017 — I’m Ready for You

When I was asked to continue in my role as National Ambassador for MDA in 2017, I had to think about it for about a nanosecond before I gave my answer. Yes, of course! So it’s official: I’ve re-upped for another tour. 2016 will be a hard act to follow, but now that I’m a registered frequent flyer and have a year of ambassadorship under my belt, I can’t wait to try to top it. In fact, I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of experiences I’m looking forward to in 2017. Join me, won’t you?

Read More

Meet the MDA Resource Specialist: Hugo

Since the tender ago of five, Hugo Trevino, who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), has been involved with MDA. From participating in MDA Summer Camp as a child to rallying behind causes like Fill the Boot and Muscle Walk, Hugo has always been dedicated to helping others live longer and grow stronger. Now, as a . . .

Read More

13-Year-Old Author with CMT Made International Headlines with her Petition to American Girl. Now She’s Written a New Book with a Heroine She Can Relate To.

13-year-old Melissa Shang is an activist, an advocate and an author. She’s spoken at the United Nations, given a TedX talk and just published her first book. She is a girl on a mission. And it all started with an American Girl doll named Isabelle. For Melissa, Isabelle was the last straw. Every year, American . . .

Read More

Meet Noah, MDA’s 2016 State Goodwill Ambassador from New York

Noah Hometown: Cortland, NY Age: 17 Diagnosis: I was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Favorite School Subjects/Activities: My favorite school subject is history. Favorite People: My favorite people are my parents and my sister Katie. I also love spending time with my grandpa and my cat, Smokey, who is 16 years old. Interests: I like to read and I also . . .

Read More

The Three P’s of Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Clinical Care

  Think back to when you were 16. It may have been a time of excitement, optimism, awkwardness, and questionable style choices. These feelings during adolescence are universal – and are also experienced by young adults with neuromuscular diseases. Like all teenagers, the youth served by MDA have incredible talents, aspirations and promise. They also . . .

Read More